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Liphook Youth Club to start up again

The Management Committee of Liphook Youth Club decided at its meeting on Monday that the Youth Club should re-open on Monday 22nd February at Liphook Millennium Centre at 6:30pm until 8:30pm and for the time being to continue twice a month during school term.

Liphook Youth Club had been running successfully since 2009. Initially Youth Workers were provided by the County Council Youth Service until in 2013 when Community First took over this work on behalf of the County Council. The County Council partly funded this work until funding of youth work was stopped at the end of March last year. The Management Committee agreed at that time that it could not commit to the cost of employing Community First Youth Workers.

At that time the Youth Club had only two volunteer Youth Workers and the Club had to suspend its operations. A campaign to recruit volunteers and Management Committee members was carried out during last summer when leaflets appealing for help were delivered to homes throughout Liphook. This was very successful and the Youth Club now has nine volunteers who are currently being trained for youth work by 4 Youth, the organisation which represents Youth Clubs in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The volunteers have been meeting regularly to plan the future of the Youth Club and the activities they would provide and to organise training. They agreed to start Youth Club sessions on Monday 22nd February and continue with them on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month during school term until the end of the summer term. They then hope to run weekly sessions from the start of the autumn term. This was confirmed at the Management Committee meeting on Monday.

The Management Committee agreed that Dr John Tough should continue as Chairman and that Barbara Cuerdon should be Secretary. It was agreed that the Lead Youth Worker should be Kayleigh Rigby who has been involved with the running of the Youth Club since it foundation. It was also agreed that the Youth Club’s Child Protection Officer should be Karina Gifford, a volunteer who used to do this work with the local Social Services Department.

The volunteer Youth Workers have been planning activities and how the work of the Youth Club should be resumed. In addition to indoor and outdoor sports and games, such as football, badminton, basketball, table tennis and pool there will be many activities including craft, music, cooking and occasional trips out. The Youth Club has found it needs to increase its subscriptions to £1.50 each time they attend but this will include a hot toasty and a drink on arrival.

Further information from John Tough, 01428 724492

Article posted on: 09 February 2016

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